Shorewood Public Library Kids Blog: Self-Care for Parents
October 30, 2021
Being a parent is often called âthe hardest job in the worldâ. The challenges of the Co-Vid 19 pandemic have pushed that difficulty rating up above the chart levels. Navigating the twists and turns of virtual learning, in-person education, and work responsibilities while trying to take care of children’s physical, emotional and mental health has been intimidating. It’s no surprise that most parents have experienced periods of overwhelming and exhaustion.
While most parents have managed to do an admirable job taking care of their children, they are not as dedicated to taking care of themselves. They may believe they don’t have the time or feel selfish if they put their own needs first. Taking care of yourself is not a priority for many parents. It is a mistake.
Taking care of yourself is not self-indulgence. Taking care of your own emotional needs allows you to have more energy, patience, and compassion to share with your family. It also serves as a role model for your children on the importance of taking care of emotional and mental health as well as physical health.
It can be difficult to change that mindset and give yourself permission to take care of yourself. Experts offer these tips to get you started on the self-care / wellness path.
For more ideas on how to take care of yourself